Here I’m going to be reviewing super soft mattress – the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt 13-inch mattress.
I’m going to give you some recommendations, complaints, who I think would benefit from the LuxeAdapt, and who should stay away.
Basically, everything you need to know.
Keep reading if you want to find out if the LuxeAdapt is for you.
I’m going to be running a few tests you won’t see anywhere else to help you get a better sense of the LuxeAdapt.
A few things right off the bat, the LuxeAdapt comes in two different firmness options.
I’m going to be reviewing the soft option, which Tempur-Pedic says is their much more popular version.
This mattress has a really soft, plush feel right off the bat. I can see the benefits for side sleepers. I want to get deeper into that later in the review.
Table of Contents
Feel & Firmess
Let’s stop delaying that and jump in and talk about the feel and firmness of the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt.
Of course, the first thing you’re going to ask when buying a new mattress is, what does it actually feel like to lie on?
I’m going to give you my quick notes on the feel and firmness of the mattress.
Then, we’ll start to do some testing a little later on in the review to give you some more objective view on what it feels like to be on.
In terms of firmness, out of 10, with 10 being the firmest, I’d probably give it a 5 out of 10.
That’s to the softer side of a medium firmness, which is a 6.5 out of 10.
I had someone else test out the mattress and they thought it was even softer in that 4 to 4.5 out of 10 range, definitely on the softer side of things.
This is the softer version. If you are getting the firmer version, you might expect it to be a little bit to the firmer side.
Speaking about this mattress, when you’re lying on your back with your weight pretty evenly distributed, you can start to feel yourself sink into this memory foam.
You can start to feel the contouring around your body.
On a lot of mattresses in that medium firmness range with your weight evenly distributed, you feel more on top of the mattress. This definitely has more of a sinking in, contouring feeling around your body.
What that means, when you’re trying to change positions, roll around with this memory foam, it’s slower response to pressure. You can feel a little stuck at times in the layers.
Some people like that sinking into bed feeling, while other people need a little bit more mobility, a little bit more bounce.
One thing to note, though, when you’re rolling onto your side, this is a great mattress for side sleepers.
When I’m talking about side sleeping, one of the things that I’m really focused on is pressure relief.
A lot of side sleepers have issues with the pressure points at the shoulders and the hips because of that higher weight concentration over a lower surface area.
It pushes you further into the mattress, you end up interacting with a lot of firmer portions of the mattress.
Not so here on the LuxeAdapt extra soft mattress.
It’s got really thick memory foam layers so it allows you to sink deep into the mattress for pressure relief.
I really like this mattress for side sleepers.
However, the opposite of that are stomach sleepers.
A lot of people say stomach sleeping is not good for you, but a lot of people stomach sleep, it just happens.
If you are a stomach sleeper, what you’re going to want to look for is something with firm support, help keep your hips from sinking in, keep your spine aligned in a good position so you can avoid that lower back pain as much as possible.
In my opinion, this is definitely a mattress on the softer side of things. I felt my hips sinking into the mattress.
In general, I don’t think it’s a great mattress for stomach sleepers while I really do recommend it for side sleepers.
Instead of just describing the feel of the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt to you, I wanted to run a couple of tests to give you more of an objective view of what it’s actually going to feel like to lie on the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt.
The first one I run is the pressure map test.
I lay a pressure map out on top of the mattress, lie down on it in a few positions. I can see the results next to me ranging from blue for low pressure to red for high pressure.
I start lying on my back, my weight is pretty evenly distributed. I can see that it’s a blue, low pressure across the board.
That’s pretty much the norm for every mattress that I test.
Because my weight’s evenly distributed, it doesn’t really cause any pressure points.
It would be more newsworthy if it did, that would be jumping out at me. This is a good thing, low pressure, in-line with everything I’ve tested.
As I roll onto the side, this is where I was really impressed with the outcome of the pressure map test for the LuxeAdapt.
It’s pretty much blue across the board. There’s a few points where it goes into green.
I can see that the Tempur-Pedic is really great for pressure relief, you sink really deep into it.
I was expecting that with all the memory foam that’s in this mattress, it was really impressive to see it show up this way.
Pretty much blue, low pressure on my side, that’s really impressive.
As I roll onto my stomach, you don’t really get the whole picture here.
I see blue across the board because my weight’s evenly distributed in this position, but I do feel my hips sinking in.
While there’s not really a specific point of pressure showing up, I could feel it in my lower back a little bit.
I really don’t recommend this mattress for stomach sleepers.
The next test I run is meant to give you an idea of whether you’re going to feel more on top of or sunken into bed.
It’s the sinkage test.
In that, I use four balls of varying sizes, weights and densities to simulate different body parts, check to see how far into the mattress they go.
I have a six-pound medicine ball, it’s a lighter body part.
A 10-pound steel ball is the densest ball used during this test.
50-pound medicine ball, it’s a bit heavier, kind of like your shoulders, your hips.
Finally, I have the 100-pound medicine ball, which to me, it’s kind of that center mass of your body if you’re a bit bigger.
Across the board, it’s more sinkage on the LuxeAdapt than I’m used to seeing in almost any mattress I’ve ever reviewed.
Here are the results:
- 6 lbs = 1.5”
- 10 lbs = 2.5”
- 50 lbs = 5”
- 100 lbs = 7”
I can tell you that five inches for the 50-pound medicine ball and seven inches for the 100-pound medicine ball is really above average for other mattresses.
You might feel a little bit of initial firmness, but as you lie there, you’re definitely going to feel yourself slowly sink into the memory foam layers.
It’s definitely going to feel more in the LuxeAdapt than on top of it.
Bounce & Motion Transfer
Another test that I run is the bounce test and motion transfer test.
I can tell you that this mattress has almost no bounce at all. When you drop a ball on it, it basically stops.
With the motion transfer test, I take that 10-pound steel ball, drop it from heights of 4, 8 and 12 inches.
On the other side of the mattress, I have a seismometer set up which measures the disturbance transferred across the mattress with each of those drops, which are meant to seem like getting into and out of bed or rolling around in the middle of the night.
I was really impressed with the results of the motion transfer test.
With those drops, I saw that the LuxeAdapt performed better at motion isolation than any mattress I’ve ever reviewed.
Out of these tests what you’re going to take, is that you’re going to sink really deep into the mattress, there’s almost no bounce to the LuxeAdapt, and it does a really good job of isolating motion.
To get a better idea of what’s going on inside of the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt and what gives it its feel, I’ve cut it open to see the materials used in the layers of it.
Let’s start with the cover, which is a mixture of polyester and polyethylene. It’s a pretty thin cover, pretty breathable.
The polyethylene is used in a lot of mattress covers to give this ‘cool to the touch’ feeling and help it sleep a bit cooler, which is important because, below the cover, we have two layers of really dense memory foam.
They call it their TempurES and TempurAPR plus layers. They’re memory foam layers.
There is a really slow response to pressure, going to give you that contouring feeling we talked about, allow you to sink in for pressure relief.
One big knock on memory foam, though, is that it does trap a lot of body heat, causing you to overheat while you’re sleeping.
That’s why it’s important to have this cooling cover on top.
As you go through the mattress, you see really dense memory foam layers.
It’s high-quality memory foam, transitioning into a poly-foam layer. It’s got some quick response to pressure.
It’s still a pretty soft layer of foam. If you’re going to sink that far into the mattress, you’re not going to feel it as a firm layer or anything like that.
It’s going to start to give you a little bit of a cupping support and transition as you go through the mattress, through these soft layers into the high-density poly-foam base, which acts as a support center of the mattress.
It gives the mattress its shape, it really supports the layers of foam on top of it.
If you’re checking out mattress reviews online, I’m assuming you’re not just looking at the LuxeAdapt. I want to give you a few comparisons to other competitors out there on the market.
First up is the Casper Wave, which is also an all foam mattress.
It also provides a pretty plush feel, maybe not quite so plush as the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt.
It has a nice zone support structure, which is a little bit different than what we’re looking at LuxeAdapt.
Basically, at the shoulders, there is some parts cut out which allow you to sink further in for pressure relief.
While at the hips, it supports you a little bit stronger which is nice for side sleeping spine alignment.
One of the differences with the Casper Wave is that it has a little bit better mobility, you’re able to change positions a little bit better than on the LuxeAdapt because of the use of poly-foams and latex foams.
Next up, let’s talk about the Purple Mattress, specifically the Purples 2, 3 and 4.
It has a much different feel than the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt.
Whereas, you’re getting this classic memory foam feel of sinking into the mattress, the Purples have a hyper-elastic polymer grid over a pocketed coil support structure, making it a really bouncy mattress.
You’re going to feel more on top of the mattress on the Purples, with a lot of mobility. You’re able to change positions without feeling stuck.
If you are a side sleeper and you’re looking for pressure relief and you’re leaning towards Purple, I’d definitely say go with the Purples 3 or 4 which will allow you a little bit more space into the mattress to sink in, so you don’t have to worry about bumping up against any firm support.
Before I finish up the review, I want to give you a few pros and cons.
First up, recommendations on why I think the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt would be the right mattress for you.
It’s a great mattress for side sleepers, allows you to sink deep into the mattress for pressure relief.
I saw really impressive results on the pressure map portion of the review, with low pressure across the board, even on the side which is really impressive.
Another reason I think it’d be a good choice for you is if you’re a memory foam lover.
This has the classic memory foam feel of sinking into bed, getting enveloped by it, that contouring pressure relief feeling all around your body regardless of the position that you’re sleeping in.
If you’re looking for that classic memory foam feel, this is definitely going to give it to you.
Finally, I was super impressed with its ability to isolate motion transfer. Honestly, it might be the best at isolating motion transfer out of any mattress I’ve ever tested.
Really great response on the motion transfer portion of the review.
If you sleep with a restless partner and are worried about them waking you up in the middle of the night, this might be for you.
Some of my complaints, reasons I would think that it might not be the best choice for you.
First up, if you are a stomach sleeper, I would probably stay away from this mattress because I think it is too soft.
Your hips are going to sink into the mattress, wake up with those aches and pains in your lower back.
Secondly, there’s no bounce to this mattress. You kind of feel stuck in the mattress.
If you are someone who likes to change positions, you’re a bit of a combo sleeper and you need a little bit of bounce, this is not going to give it to you.
If you’ve made it this far into the review and you’ve decided that the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt is for you, I want to give you a little bit of basic purchasing information.
In terms of a warranty, there is a 10-year warranty which is the average when we’re looking at mattress warranties.
In terms of shipping, it’s free.
This is not a bed-in-a-box, it will arrive fully formed.
Finally, in terms of cost, the queen size version of the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt comes in at $3,699.
Available in twin XL, queen, king and California king.
Alex P. Davis has a BA in Interior Design from The New York School of Interior Design and 10 years of experience expertly designing sophisticated interiors.